A 4th Woman Is Coming to Late Night TV

Busy Philipps is getting her own talk show
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2018 4:44 PM CDT
Busy Philipps, 'Social Media Phenom,' Gets Her Own Show
Busy Philipps arrives at the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes afterparty at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Just three women currently host late-night talk shows (Samantha Bee, Sarah Silverman, and Robin Thede), but a fourth will soon join their ranks: Busy Philipps. The actress and, as the Cut calls her, "social media phenom" will host a late-night show on E!, the network announced Tuesday. It's not clear when the show, working title Busy Tonight, will air. Philipps got her start on Freaks and Geeks and went on to gain fame starring in Dawson's Creek and Cougar Town. These days, she's a huge Instagram star, having close to a million followers, and is well-known for being best friends with Michelle Williams; she also recently starred in I Feel Pretty, directed and co-written by her husband, has lucrative partnerships with various brands, and has a memoir coming out.

The Cut explained the appeal of her Instagram feed in a profile last month: "Philipps has used the platform’s Stories feature to post daily (sometimes hourly) conversational videos about her charmed and wacky LA lifestyle. She talks directly to her iPhone’s front-facing camera and begins many of her videos with a conspiratorial 'you guys,' drawing viewers in with the promise of unfiltered realness. Most of the time she’s not wearing makeup, not that she needs to wear makeup. She shoots her footage while sitting in her car or lounging on her couch, twirling her hair in her fingers." Philipps' talk show will "feature comedic commentary, interviews, and segments that go behind her most popular Instagram stories," according to Entertainment Weekly. (More late night talk show stories.)

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